Dear Democratic Party of Bernalillo County Central Committee Members:
I am Metropolitan Court Judge Asra I. Elliott, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s appointee to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. I was appointed to fill the vacancy resulting from the retirement of the Honorable Judge Victor E. Valdez. Because this vacancy and appointment occurred after the Primary Election, the Bernalillo County Central Committee has the critical and important role of nominating the Democratic Candidate who will appear on the 2022 General Election Ballot.
I know you take this role seriously, and I ask for your vote so I can continue working for you on this busy and important court.
I am the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. My comfortable life and its abundance of choices stand in stark contrast to the lives of my parents and ancestors. Because of the privileges I have enjoyed by virtue of my place of birth, I feel a profound sense of duty to my community. Since I was a small child, I have known my life must be committed to public service. New Mexico and Bernalillo County are my home, and I can think of no higher use for my expertise and energy than serving my community by continuing to serve on the judiciary.
Having grown up in Kingman, Arizona, my roots in the Southwest are deep. While I enjoyed my years in Southern California during college and law school, I yearned to return to the high desert—a place where you will never get lost as long as you can see the mountains. I decided to move to New Mexico, my husband’s homeland, to start a new life and legal career in Albuquerque—where I had always dreamed of living but never thought I would be lucky enough to end up. Since moving here, I have been a devoted Downtowner. The heart of Albuquerque is where I have made my home, based my career, become a part of the community, and started my family.
My career in public service started, in large part, from an internship at the Office of Lt. Governor Diane Denish, soon after I moved to New Mexico. As a new law school graduate, I was honored by her trust in me to monitor legislative committee debates and to draft fiscal impact reports and important correspondence on her behalf. I was extraordinarily flattered when she recently told me, she trusted my work because she strived to surround herself with stars.
Since moving to Albuquerque and becoming a lawyer, I have practiced as a prosecutor, a public defender, and a staff attorney, first at the Court of Appeals and then at the Second Judicial District Court. Through my years of my practice, I have counseled and consoled both crime victims and defendants, recommended difficult resolutions where the law called for them, and developed a solid reputation as a fair, thoughtful, and able practitioner. I value my professional, community, and personal relationships and take care to sustain them because those ties are what make this place my home.
Outside of work, I have volunteered my time for the Center for Civic Values Gene Franchini NM High School Mock Trial Program, the Downtown Neighborhoods Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I spend my free time honing my equestrian skills, reading, lifting weights, traveling in New Mexico and abroad, and my favorite pastime—spending time with my family.
I am honored and humbled to have been appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Since my appointment, I have been working hard to learn the job so I can best serve the residents of Bernalillo County with integrity and justice. I hope for the opportunity to continue to serve on the Metropolitan Court through the November election and beyond and would be grateful for the Bernalillo County Central Committee’s nomination as the Democratic Candidate for the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Division I.
Here is a synopsis of my legal career in New Mexico:
• 2022 – Appointed Metropolitan Court Judge by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
• 2018-2022 – Associate Staff Attorney, Criminal Division, Second Judicial District Court (Bernalillo County)
• 2014-2018 – Associate Staff Attorney, New Mexico Court of Appeals
• 2012-2014 – Assistant Public Defender, Law Offices of the Public Defender (Bernalillo County)
• 2011-2012 – Assistant District Attorney, First Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba Counties)
• 2011 – Associate Attorney, Constantine & Associates PC (private practice)
• 2010-2011 – Associate Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Sandoval, Valencia, and Cibola Counties)
If you would like to know more about me or have any questions, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to talking to you and truly appreciate your support!